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- Djobouti, China presidents agree to establish strategic partnership November 24, 2017
- James Lovelock – A Final Warning: by Nature Video November 24, 2017
- We should give up on saving the planet – James Lovelock November 24, 2017
- James Lovelock talks to David Freeman – A Rough Ride to the Future November 24, 2017
- Abrupt climate change 12,000 years ago provides clues about the future November 24, 2017
- Climate Change: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going? November 24, 2017
- Sir Nicholas Stern – The economics of climate change November 24, 2017
- Nuclear Power and Climate Change November 24, 2017
- PBS Frontline_Business of disaster November 24, 2017
- PBS Frontline – Outbreak November 24, 2017
- Frontline: The Warning November 24, 2017
- PBS Frontline Black Money November 24, 2017
- Money, power and the American dream Documentary 2017 November 24, 2017
- The Battle For Oil: China vs The USA November 24, 2017
- China’s Rich Girls – 101 East November 24, 2017
- China’s African Gold Rush – 101 East November 24, 2017
- The price of gold: Chinese mining in Ghana documentary | Guardian Investigations November 24, 2017
- This Changes Everything – Naomi Klein | Guardian Docs November 24, 2017
- Kevin Anderson on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” November 24, 2017
- Nuclear vs Renewable Debate – Newsnight feat Caroline Lucas November 24, 2017
- Naomi Klein Disagrees with Dr. James Hansen on Nuclear Power November 24, 2017
- James Hansen at #COP23: Nuclear Power? Are Renewables Enough? November 24, 2017
- Scientists: Rivers in Africa, Asia Responsible for Most Ocean Plastic Waste November 24, 2017
- San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Trump, Shock Doctrine & “Disaster Capitali sm” in Puerto Rico November 24, 2017
- Smita Narula on Report: Every 30 Minutes: Farmer Suicides, Human Rights & Agrarian Crisis in India November 24, 2017
- India Suicide Rate Among Indian Farmers Soar As They Struggle To Make Ends Meet November 24, 2017
- Climate change could wipeout 50-80% of Pacific fish species November 24, 2017
- Willie Soon brought to you and funded by Exxon November 24, 2017
- Monsanto Indian Farmer Suicide November 24, 2017
- The True Story of the Bilderberg Group: Daniel Estulin November 24, 2017
- Shadow Masters: An International Network of Governments and Secret-Service Agencies Working Together with Drugs Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit: Daniel Estulin November 24, 2017
- The Bilderberg Group part 1 8. – YouTube November 24, 2017
- Macron: France will replace US funding for UN climate science November 24, 2017
- UN climate talks: India puts heat on rich countries, China takes softer stance November 24, 2017
- China flexes its muscle as climate talks end with slow progress November 24, 2017
- We are not still in: can the world ever trust US again on climate? November 24, 2017
- IAEA: Iran implementing nuclear-related commitments November 24, 2017
- Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last – The New York Times November 24, 2017
- Scramble For Africa in HD November 24, 2017
- Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World? | The New Yorker November 24, 2017
- Carbon’s economic damage costlier than thought based on current science – Purd ue University November 24, 2017
- Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I November 23, 2017
- Chris Hedges: Americans Are Living a Fantasy – The Illusion of Love, Wisdom, Happiness (2009) November 23, 2017
- DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay + Blowback November 23, 2017
- Hidden Wars of Desert Storm Part 1 of 7 November 23, 2017
- Paul Hawken Presents the World’s First Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming November 23, 2017
- Paul Hawken – Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming November 23, 2017
- Who is stealing Nigeria’s oil? November 23, 2017
- Africa: States of independence – the scramble for Africa November 23, 2017
- Africa Before 1500 November 23, 2017
Daily Archives: December 20, 2015
In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland’s northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years. Box and his family left Ohio State for Europe a couple years ago, and he is relieved to have escaped America’s culture of climate-change denial (Photo: Nick Cobbing).
Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.
The incident was small, but Jason Box doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s been skittish about the media since it happened. This was last summer, as he was reading the cheery blog posts transmitted by the chief scientist on the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which was exploring the Arctic for an international expedition led by Stockholm University. “Our first observations of elevated methane levels, about ten times higher than in background seawater, were documented . . . we discovered over 100 new methane seep sites…. The weather Gods are still on our side as we steam through a now ice-free Laptev Sea….”
As a leading climatologist who spent many years studying the Arctic at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State, Box knew that this breezy scientific detachment described one of the nightmare long-shot climate scenarios: a feedback loop where warming seas release methane that causes warming that releases more methane that causes more warming, on and on until the planet is incompatible with human life. And he knew there were similar methane releases occurring in the area. On impulse, he sent out a tweet.
The tweet immediately went viral, inspiring a series of headlines:
CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS ARCTIC CARBON RELEASE COULD MEAN “WE’RE FUCKED.”
CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.
CLIMATOLOGIST: METHANE PLUMES FROM THE ARCTIC MEAN WE’RE SCREWED.
The French government has stated that the COP21 climate summit will begin as scheduled at the end of November, but police have barred the huge planned marches and protests. Credit Photograph by Chesnot/Getty
Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While many politicians pay lip service to the existential urgency of the climate crisis, as soon as another more immediate crisis rears its head—war, a market shock, an epidemic—climate reliably falls off the political map.
After the attacks, the French government stated that the COP21 climate summit would begin as scheduled at the end of November. Yet the police have just barred the huge planned marches and protests, effectively silencing the voices of people who are directly affected by these high-level talks. And it’s hard to see how sea-level rise and parched farmland—tough media sells at the best of times—will have a hope of competing with rapid military escalation and calls for fortressed borders.
All of this is perfectly understandable. When our safety feels threatened, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Major shocks like the Paris attacks are awfully good at changing the subject. But what if we decided to not let it happen? What if, instead of changing the subject, we deepened the discussion of climate change and expanded the range of solutions, which are fundamental for real human security? What if, instead of being pushed aside in the name of war, climate action took center stage as the planet’s best hope for peace?